HIGH NOON TEA
Oil on panel: 53 x 75 cm / 20.9 x 29.5 ins
Signed and situated 'Paris' lower left
Painter of portraits, landscapes and genre scenes.
Jean Sala was a pupil at the School of Fine Arts of Barcelona. He travelled to Italy before settling down in Paris in 1890, where he continued his apprenticeship in the studio of Gustave Courtois. He participated at the Salons of the Association des Peintres Espagnoles and at several regional expositions in Moulins and Angers, showing his excellent painting skills. He participated at the Paris Exposition in 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896 and 1897. From 1893 till 1914 he exhibited at the Salons of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and he was awarded a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900. In 1896 he received a second class medal at the Exposition de Moulins. He spent some time in Angers, Lyon and, more often, in Paris.
Jean Sala was an eclectic painter with various sources of inspiration: portraits of Parisian society, genre scenes and landscapes. He was renowned for his rich palette, his gracious and elegant female figures, the intensity of the light and his excellent colour scheme.
Barcelona 1869 - Paris 1918
French / Spanish School
Céret - Weimar
P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 514, illustration p. 405.
J.F. Rafols, "Diccionario biografico de artistas de Cataluna", Barcelona 1954, Vol. 3, p. 14.
M. de Lassus & D. Lobstein, Reasonned Catalogue "Jean Sala; 1869-1918".